The Town of Wiarton is fortunate to have something that no one else has, an albino weather prognosticating groundhog. As the most famous groundhog in Canada and the only albino weather prognosticator in the world, Wiarton Willie’s prediction of the timing of spring is a news event that captures the interests of people around the world. Each year media from around the world converge on Wiarton to hear Willie make his famous prediction.
The Wiarton Willie Festival website receives hundreds of thousands of hits over the course of a few days from people all over the world and thousands more come to visit Willie both at the Festival and at his waterfront home in Bluewater Park.
The Festival has grown tremendously and offers something different each year. Visitors can expect parades, talent shows, fireworks, pub crawls, nightly entertainment, outdoor activities, ice carvings, dog sledding, scavenger hunts and so much more!
Wiarton loves their beloved groundhog so much that they have branded the town "Willie's Basecamp"! Banners, signs and sidewalks all boast that Wiarton is Willie's hometown.
Willie loves to make new friends so add a visit to the home of Wiarton Willie to your bucket list today!